Carl Knappe, 90, of Big Spring, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Aransas Pass, Texas. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Graveside services with naval honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Memorial Park, with Dr. Doug Shelley, pastor of East Side Baptist Church, officiating.|
Carl was a gregarious, outgoing, fun-loving man who lived life to the fullest. He loved to travel and had friends all over Texas and across the country. Some of his longtime friends called him Tex or Bigun. He was a tall man at about 6-foot-4, and then he put on his western boots and western felt hat. He always wore western clothing and the signature hat. He felt like he was a cowboy until the day he passed. He still had his saddle and his chaps and would recall fond memories of working as a cowboy. He always loved to return home to his beloved West Texas town of Big Spring. He kept the old home place in tip-top shape, painted and mowed, trimmed and spruced up, as he said.
Carl was a proud Texan and proclaimed that there is no place better than the Republic of Texas. He is a proud veteran of World War II, as were his brothers. Because of injuries suffered to his legs and knees, he was a disabled veteran. He was a member of the
, VFW and the American Legion and would donate time, meat, and his barbecueing skills on many occasions to provide meals to those folks that came out to enjoy a celebratory or holiday meal at the Legion.
Carl was a man of many life experiences. He worked as a cowboy alongside brother Ed at the Dixie Ranch near Pecos, Texas. He drove a Trailways bus for years, which allowed him to accomplish his goal of visiting all 50 states in the United States. He worked as a butcher at the Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring until the base was closed. He then worked at the Knappe Meat Market below the family home, dressing deer during the hunting season.
Carl enjoyed time with family and his many friends. In these last years he loved to travel. He loved gaming, especially the craps table. He had a ball at shooting dice. I am fortunate that I got to get on the table with Carl and cheer for the "Yo" as he was shooting the dice. We had a lot of fun. We encouraged close friend of Carl's, Mrs. Kathryn from south Texas, and other family members, Carl A. (Uncle Carl's son), Carletta (Carl A.'s wife), from Aransas Pass, Texas; (Nephew and his wife) Perry and Laurie from Cloudcroft , N.M.; (Niece) Sandra Gandy from Midland, Texas, and (nephew and wife) from Parker, Colorado, Roy Jr. and Karen Knappe to meet at Sandia Hotel Resort Casino to share memories and some fun moments, and we got that done about a year ago.
Carl was one of eight children, all born and raised in Big Spring, Texas. Carl never left. Carl is the son of Lydia Knappe and Alvis Knappe. The grandkids called Mrs. Knappe Big Mama and Mr. Knappe Grandpop or Big Daddy. The Knappes immigrated from Germany to Texas in 1870 and settled in Marionfield, now known as Stanton. A few years later, the Knappes moved to Big Spring, built the Knappe Slaughterhouse and started the meat business in 1906. All the boys worked in the meat business where they learned to butcher cattle, hogs, sheep and goats.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; and in order of age, his brothers and sisters, Teckla (Teck), Albert, Henry, Roy, Peggy, Edward and Dorothy.
Carl is survived by his son, Carl A. (Carletta); granddaughter, Heather, of Aransas Pass, Texas; nephew, Perry of Cloudcroft, N.M.; nephew, Roy Jr. (Karen), of Parker, Colo.; niece, Sandra, of Midland Texas; and nephew, Craig (Lindy) of San Angelo, Texas. Also wishing him Godspeed are his grandnephews and grandniece, Justin, Christopher, Zachary, Stephanie and their families.
We will all hold close to our hearts the laughs and the "stories," some of them a little tall perhaps, the pinto beans cooked over a mesquite wood fire in a cast iron pot, shared during the family barbecues at Carl's home in Big Spring.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Apr. 2, 2015